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Van Sowerwine

Media artist who works in the areas of animation, installation and interactives. Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1975. van[AT]vansowerwine.com

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Education
2001 Honours in Media Arts, RMIT University
2000 Bachelor of Media Arts, RMIT University.
1997 Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne.

Solo Exhibitions
2015 Dwelling, site-specific performance, Footscray. Part of Big West Festival
2013
It's a jungle in here (with Isobel Knowles), The Rocks, Sydney. Part of ISEA 2013.
2011
It's a jungle in here (with Isobel Knowles), Screen Space, Melbourne. Part of the 2011 Melbourne Festival.
2009
Hold My Hand and We'll Be Safe, Stills Gallery, Sydney
2009
A Child's Eyes: Van Sowerwine, Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, NSW.
2007
Small Beasts, Stills Gallery, Sydney.
2006
 Purikura Infestation, Area 58 and State Library of Queensland, Brisbane. (collaboration with Alice Lang for MAAP (Multimedia Art Asia Pacific).
2006 Sharper Than A Serpent’s Tooth, Johnston Gallery, Perth.
2006 Sharper Than A Serpent’s Tooth, Museum of Brisbane.
2005 Fantastic Animals, Antipodes Gallery, Sorrento
2005
Sharper Than A Serpent’s Tooth, Stills Gallery, Sydney
2005 Sharper Than A Serpent’s Tooth, Republic Tower, Melbourne
2004 What Big Eyes You Have, West Space, Melbourne
2002 Play With Me, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
2001 Small Horrors. WestSpace Gallery, Melbourne (collaboration with Camilla Hannan)

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016
 
Public Art Melbourne Biennale Lab, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne. Part of the 2016 Melbourne Festival.
2014
Journey To Fantastic Lands, QAGOMA, Brisbane.
2014
You Were In My Dream, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada.
2014
ANtIMATION, Queensland University of Technology Creative Industries Precinct, Brisbane.
2014
In Your Dreams, Counihan gallery, Brunswick, Melbourne.
2014
Journey To Fantastic Lands, QAGOMA, Brisbane.
2014 You Were In My Dream, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada.
2014
ANtIMATION, Queensland University of Technology Creative Industries Precinct, Brisbane.
2014 In Your Dreams, Counihan gallery, Brunswick, Melbourne.
2013 Experimenta at Powerhouse Museum for ISEA 2013, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.
2013
Responsibility, Vogele Kultur Zentrum, Zurich, Switzerland.
2012
CyberArts 2012, OK Centrum, Linz, Austria. Part of Festival Ars Electronica.
2012 Cinekid,
Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
2012
Selectively Revealed, Chulalongkorn University Art Space, Bangkok, Thailand
2012
Selectively Revealed, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan.
2011 Selectively Revealed, Aram Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea.
2011
Experimenta Utopia Now, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington.
2010
 Premier of Queensland's National New Media Art Award, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.
2010 Experimenta Utopia Now, Blackbox, Melbourne, Carriageworks, Sydney, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland,
2009
Trouble in Toyland, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne.
2008
While You Were Sleeping, Kick Gallery, Melbourne.
2008
International Digital Art, Songzhuang Art Museum, Beijing, China.
2007
Arc Biennale, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane.
2007
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney.
2006
 Experimenta Under The Radar , ICA, London, UK.
2006 Greatest Hits/Previously Unreleased Tracks, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.
2006
Experimenta Under The Radar. FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool. UK.
2006
Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise.
2006
Martine Corompt, Sophie Kahn and Van Sowerwine, Stills Gallery, Sydney
2006 Liquid Aesthetics, Black Box, Melbourne.
2005
Toy Takeova, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne and The White House, Brisbane.
2005
The Influence of Anxiety, Blindside, Melbourne.
2005 Basics media festival, Gallery 5020, Salzburg Austria.
2005
Move on Asia, Japanese tour: Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, remo, Osaka, +Gallery, Aichi.
2004
Anne Landa Award, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
2004 Media City Seoul New Media Biennale, Seoul Museum of Art.
2004 Experimenta House of Tomorrow, National tour: Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.
2003 Experimenta House of Tomorrow, Black Box, Melbourne.
2003
WestSpace Goes Downtown, Downtown Art Space, Adelaide
2002 Nouveau Noir, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne.
2002 Trigger: Game Art, Gamma Space Gallery, Melbourne.
2002
The Open Museum Net.Art @ The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland.
2001
d>gest, Arts SA Gallery, Adelaide.
2001 Pacemaker. Ed Video Media Arts Centre, Guelph, Canada.
2001 Welcome to Junkiesville. Casula Powerhouse, Sydney.
2000 dArt>00. City Exhibition Space, Sydney. Part of the Sydney Film Festival.
2000 Blink. Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, South Yarra.
A Next Wave Festival 2000 event.
1999 Time’s Own. First Site Gallery, Melbourne. Part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
1998 F1 Digital Arts Festival, The Public Office, West Melbourne.

Selected Screenings
2007 Galerii 008, Tallinn, Estonia
2007
Genialiste Klubi, Tartu, Esonia
2006 Sundance Film Festival, USA
2005
 Chicago International Film Festival, AFI Fest (Los Angeles), Cinanima (Portugal), Stockholm international Film Festival, Anima Mundi (Brazil).
2005 Cannes Film Festival, in competition, France.
2005 Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane International Film Festivals.
2004
Move On Asia: Animation & Single Channel Video Art Festival, Loop, Seoul, Korea
2003 NewFest 2003: The 15th Anniversary New York Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
2002
Reanimate International Festival of Web Based Animation, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
2002 Femmedia, WOW Film Festival, Fox Studios, Sydney
2002 Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Melbourne.
2002
Mardi Gras Film Festival, Dendy Bar, Sydney.
2001 Auburn International FIlm Festival for Children and Young Adults, Reading Cinemas, Auburn, Western Sydney.

Awards/Residencies
2015 Nominated, Design & Realisation in Contemporary Performance, Green Room Awards.
2012
Award of Distinction, Interactive Art, Prix Ars Electronica 2012.
2010
Winner, Premier of Queensland's National New Media Art Award.
2010 People's Choice Award, Premier of Queensland's National New Media Art Award.
2009 Experimenta Commission with Isobel Knowles.
2007
Finalist, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney.
2007
Residency at MoKS center for Art and Social Practice, Estonia.
2005 Golden Hugo for Best Animation, 2005 Chicago Film Festival.
2005 Special Distinction, Cannes Film Festival.
2005 Australia Council RunWay grant.
2003 
Recipient of Film Victoria Short Film Fund, with Philippa Campey
2003
Recipient of Experimenta New Visions Commission (with Isobel Knowles).
2001
1st prize, Animation, National Student Film and Video Festival (Gillian).
2001 Highly Commended: Yoram Gross Animation Award, 2001 Dendy Short Film Festival (Gillian).
2001 Recipient of B(if)Tek WINK Award (Best Electronic Arts by a Gal) (Girlplay).
2000 2nd prize, ‘Fest on the Net’ competition, Next Wave Festival 2000.
2000 Animation Finalist: in 2000 National Student Film and Video festival (Roller Coaster).
2000 Highly Commended: Visual Arts category, Melbourne Fringe Festival (Time’s Own).
1998 Best Animation: RMIT Film and Video festival (At Night)
1998 Recipient of RMIT Union Arts Grant for Leg People.

Bibliography
2012 Blair, Ulanda, “Interactivity, agency & the ethics of participation”, RealTime Apr/May 2012 #108 p22.
2012
S?odownik, Agnieszka, "Interaction Design", dwutygodnik.com #92 2012 (Polish).
2012
Warren, Kate, "Animated Encounters with Isobel Knowles and Van Sowerwine", Excerpt Magazine #03 2011 pp 59-62.
2010 
Walton, Saige. “The future with a foot in the past”, RealTime April/May 2010 No 96 p 27
2010  Slack-Smith, Amanda, “A World of Wild Things”. Catalogue essay for Premier of Queensland's National New Media Art Award 2010 catalogue, pp 20-23, published by Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art.
2010 McKnight, Brendan. “You Were In My DreamDesktop magazine online, March 4.
2009 Tofts, Darren. “Innocence Uncut” Photofile March-June 2009 No 86 pp 30-35.
2009 Modra, Penny. "Trouble in Toyland: Review", The Sunday Age, 25th September 2009, M Magazine p. 26.
2006
Zuvela, Danni. "Internet incarnate", RealTime and OnScreen, Oct - Nov 06, No. 75 p. 2.
2006 Louise, Dany. "A Magical Early Warning", Metro (Liverpool), June 13 2006, p. 21.
2006 De Groot, Vanessa. “Doll’s House With A Twist”, Courier-Mail, 9th June 2006 p. 39.
2006 Gallasch, Keith. "Living Dolls and sentient wheelchairs", RealTime and OnScreen, Dec 05 - Jan 06, No. 70 p. 55.
2005 Engberg, Juliana. “The Little Girl in Van Sowerwine”, Melbourne International Arts Festival Visual Arts Program 2005 Catalogue, pp. 57 – 65.
2005
Sullivan, Eve. “Anne Landa Award”, Art & Australia Vol 42 No 4 Winter 2005 p 599.
2005
Millner, Jacqueline. "Anne Landa Award", Broadsheet Vol 34 #1 March - May 2005 p. 56.
2005
Gallasch, Keith. "Who wins: video or new media art?" , RealTime and OnScreen, #65 February/March 2005.
2005
Ascroft, Michael. "New media art: Techno meets avantgarde
", Artlook, #8 February 2005.
2004 Pierce, Julianne. “Squeeze Me Please”, Photofile, #72 Spring 2004, pp. 32-35.
2004 Smith, Russell. “Crypto-realism. BitterSweet: Contemporary Australian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales”, Art Monthly Australia #168 April 2004 pp. 37-41.
2003 
Gye, Lisa. “Future Longing”, RealTime and OnScreen, Dec 2003 – Jan 2004 No. 58 p. 27.
2003
Strickland, James. "West Space Art Exhibition", dB Magazine, 17 September 2003 p. 45.
2003
Strahan, Lucinda. "Homes of the Future", The Age, 11th September 2003
2003
Hale, Eleni. "Experimenta: House of Tomorrow - Future Shack", Scene Magazine, #20, 10/9/03, p. 35.
2003
"Experimenta House of Tomorrow", Desktop, Issue #185, September 2003
2002
Haig, Ian. "My Brain Hurts" RealTime and OnScreen, Nov-Dec 2002 No. 51.
2002 Early, Jaye. “The Noir Connection”, RealTime and OnScreen, Jun-Jul 2002 No. 49.
2002
Early, Jaye. “Play With Me at CCP: Unspeakable interactive realities”, RealTime and OnScreen, June -July 2002 No. 49.
2002
Crawford, Ashley. “From the dark speaks art”, The Age, 29th May 2002 The Culture p4.
2001
Whitelaw, Mitchell. “net.art: a polymorphous survivor” in “Working the Screen 2001”, RealTime and OnScreen, October-November 2001 No. 45, p3.
2001 O’Rourke, Claire. “Steel City with an Electrofringe on top”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2nd October, p. 18.
2001 Piper, Christine, “Queen of Arts: Tactical intervention Strategies”, Passing Show, Issue 7, Volume 20, October 2001, pp. 16 – 17.
2001 Courtin-Wilson, Amiel, dir. ’Emerging Artist: Van Sowerwine’ for youth arts series Chromatic for ABC digital.
2001 Poole, Jean. ‘Girlplay Nerves’ ThreeDWorld, Issue 558, 18th June 2001 p. 60.
2000 Boyle, Deborah, ‘Digital lets artists push new boundaries’, The Australian, June 22nd–28th, Media p. 13.
2000 Girlplay featured on Stunned ArtZine (http://www.stunned.org)
1999 Antony, Rachel, “Fringe Just Wants to Have Fun”, The Melbourne Times, Wed Sept 29th 1999, p. 11
1999 Girlplay featured on Rhizome new media arts site (http://www.rhizome.org)

Committees
2003-2004 Board Member, Experimenta Media Arts.
2002-2004 Committee member, WestSpace Inc,

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